This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Homeland, including last night's Season 2 finale, episode 12, “The Choice.”
Homeland is one of those shows I went into not expecting much, if any, romance; I tuned in pretty much just because of all the buzz it was getting. After this past season and especially the finale, though, I can see I was very wrong—the heart of the show really has become the relationship between CIA analyst Carrie Mathison and marine/prisoner of war/terrorist/double agent Nicholas Brody, and, much to my surprise given the premise of the show, there's been a ton of screen time devoted to this romance.
In “The Choice,” Carrie has to decide between her career with the CIA and the possibility of a Happily Ever After with Brody; because of Brody's past, she can't have both. And yet, in the end, her hand is forced and she kinda actually does get both, wouldn't you say? [highlight for more detailed episode spoilers]After a bomb in Brody's car goes off and kills most of the attendees of Vice President Walden's memorial service, Carrie decides to trust Brody when he says he didn't have anything to do with it and helps shuttle him out of the country (leaving him with the promise that she'll clear his name and that it isn't good-bye, implying that she may be choosing the CIA for now but that maybe they'll get their chance later) before heading back home to her mentor Saul—and her job.[/spoilers]
While I can't say I ship Carrie/Brody (I feel like he could very well STILL be lying his ass off, about everything, and no matter what he's done since, Brody would have killed many innocent people with that suicide bomber vest if it hadn't malfunctioned in Season 1), the actors do have fantastic chemistry and I'm looking forward to seeing where the relationship goes next season. How about you?